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. for a lot of people who follow politics, the fifth biggest county is el paso county, home to colorado springs. that is typically viewed as a republican stronghold. it is, but is also a big vote a bank for democrats. increasingly we have seen the ski areas that have started to trended democrat. the southwest corner of the state are two other ski resort communities that tented a democrat. host: a lot of focus on early voting in this contest. does colorado have it? what is it looking like? guest: we do, we have mailed ballots and early voting. we have already had more people vote overseas this year than all of 2008. like i said, we had 800,000 ballots returned. the republicans had a 20,000 ballot advantage. nobody knows how the unaffiliated voters are breaking. about 2 million people voted early are absentee and enter the 2008 election. that is expected to grow to 2.5 million this election cycle. keep in mind colorado has 2.8 million active voters, more when you look at inactive voters. about three-quarters of the vote should be conducted in colorado, maybe a little more prior to novembe
, it is a wonderful analytic tool. host: on the democratic line, jim from el paso, texas. caller: i think there is a demographic, and i represented. i do not think the republicans even thought about it -- represent it. my wife is hispanic. i am anglo. my children are half and half. i am a democrat. my wife is hispanic, and hispanics voted largely democratic. if you add those numbers up, i think the gop is in more trouble than they think. guest: that is an interesting point and part of what i was alluding to in the beginning. cultural factors have alienated the republicans from a certain block of voters. voters who are more comfortable with the increasing diversity of the country, and those were less comfortable with that. it does not mean they are racist. it is a question of what people feel comfortable with. how they adjust to change. the republicans have gotten themselves in a position where the are reliant on those voters who are less comfortable with the changing nature of the country. over time, that is a shrinking group. the percentage of voters who are comfortable with the change i
in both directions. what happened in the state legislatures? you can see some big wave ele ctions like in 2010. the early members saw a move in the democratic direction -- numbers saw a move in the democratic direction. if you look at the blue states, there was some movement in the but thereirection was also some moves in the republican direction. republicans picked up legislature in arkansas, west virginia, alaska. both parts of the country pushing in different directions. i think the election is also something of a deepening of polarization. 1993 or 1992, there were 19 democrats who helped republican seats. that number has been declining and declining. there were also some republicans who used to hold seats for democrats for president. before this election, we were down to nine democrats and two republicans who met that definition them tha. in a way, the realignment continues. republicans are sitting in republican seats even though the numbers did not change dramatically in the house. there is a lot of talk about demographics and i am sure we are going to hear that on the panel. i th
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